SUNY Oneonta News

October 21st, 2011

SUNY Oneonta welcomes Fellow from prestigious leadership program


ONEONTA, N.Y. --For the first time in its history, SUNY Oneonta has been chosen to host an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow. Dr. Shirley A. Quarles arrived on campus in late August and will spend the 2011-2012 academic year at the college. During her residency, she will work primarily on faculty development issues with Provost Maria Thompson.

"We are delighted that Dr. Quarles is spending the year at SUNY Oneonta," said college President Nancy Kleniewski. "For her, this is an opportunity to gain insight into the administration of a college. For the college, it is a pleasure to have such an accomplished leader choose to join us. I'm sure she will be a tremendous asset."

Quarles comes to SUNY Oneonta from the Georgia Health Sciences University (GHSU), where she is department chair of the College of Nursing and conducts research on building diversity in nursing programs. As chair of the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans for the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, she develops national policies to enhance the health care and benefits of women veterans.

"SUNY Oneonta has a demonstrated track record for teaching excellence, a continual growth in student enrollment and graduation, and a workforce committed to providing exceptional education," said Quarles. "Despite the impact from the economic downturn most colleges and universities are experiencing today, SUNY Oneonta steadily presses onward with unbelievable success rates across all spectrums of its enterprise. I am honored to have my ACE placement here."

Quarles completed her doctoral studies at Emory University, earned a doctorate in higher education administration and research education from North Carolina State University, and master's degrees from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and the United States Army War College. She has 28 years of military service and holds the rank of colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Based in Washington, D.C., ACE's mission is to assist the advancement of outstanding administrators toward senior leadership and the presidency of colleges and universities. Its Fellows Program is recognized as the premier U.S. higher education leadership development experience.

The ACE Fellowship program is extremely selective in both accepting applicants and matching them with colleges. According to ACE Fellows Program Director Sharon A. McDade, "The heart of the Fellows Program is a placement at an exemplary higher education institution with mentorship by an exceptional leader and team."

More information about ACE and its Fellows Program is available at



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